Darryl Scott takes over as Rockies’ pitching coach as Steve Foster steps down

Change continues for the Rockies.

Major league sources confirmed Monday night that bullpen coach Darryl Scott has been promoted to the main pitching coach. He replaces Steve Foster, who is stepping down to spend more time with his family.

The news was first reported by The Athletic.

Scott, 53, served the last two seasons as the Rockies’ bullpen coach. In the three years prior to that job, Scott was Colorado’s minor-league pitching coordinator.

Foster, 55, had served as Colorado’s pitching coach since 2015.

Last week, Mark Wiley, 73, announced he was planning to return as the Rockies’ director of pitching operations. It’s a job that monitors pitching throughout the organization. A source said that there is a chance that Foster might replace Wiley in that role.

In late April, general manager Jeff Bridich resigned, and later, assistant GMs Zach Wilson and Jon Weil also left the organization.

On Oct. 2, Bill Schmidt, Colorado’s longtime head of scouting, was named the fourth GM in franchise history. After Bridich’s resignation, Schmidt had served as the interim GM.

Foster took over a pitching staff that was one of the worst in the majors and one that posted a 5.04 ERA in 2015. But when manager Bud Black came on board in 2017, Foster and Black made a concerted effort to make pitching a team strength rather than an annual weakness.

In 2018, when the Rockies made the playoffs for the second year in a row — the first time that had ever happened — the starting rotation posted a 4.17 ERA, the second-best in franchise history, behind the 4.10 ERA posted by the 2009 rotation.

Under the tutelage of Foster and Black, right-handers Germán Márquez, Jon Gray and Antonio Senzatela, along with lefty Kyle Freeland, formed one of the best starting corps in franchise history.

Foster coached under the banner of “it’s about the attitude, not the altitude.” It was his goal to convince his pitchers that they could succeed at notoriously hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Colorado starters had some good moments in 2021 — Marquez made the All-Star Game — but the starters’ ERA of 4.77 ranked as just the ninth-best in team history and was the fourth-highest in the National League. The starters’ 1.36 WHIP was also the fourth-highest in the NL and the .266 batting average against was the third-highest.

However, Rockies starters pitched well at hitter-friendly Coors Field, posting a 4.28 ERA, which ranked as the second-lowest in franchise history behind the 2010 team (4.21).

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